Beehive You’re My Baby: A Review On Beehive

Don’t you want to dance, don’t you want to dance? Well, why not rock and sing along to Beehive, the latest production from the Hutchison Theater?! Beehive: The ‘60s Musical is a whimsical musical that turns back the clock to the changing decade of the ‘60s through colorful outfits, crazy wigs, and beloved hits like The Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” and Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.”

While there isn’t a dramatic plot like standard plays, Beehive manages to connect to its audience with the evolving music that can get stuck in your head. The best part about the play is that not only is it a tribute to the amazing women of rock and roll, but it introduces the younger generation to music we don’t often hear nowadays. It also gives older generations that sweet, sweet nostalgia. Maybe you have grown up with ’60s music, and watching the play might be the first time you’ve heard your music in a long time. Beehive is a musical that anyone, regardless of age, will enjoy.

The play also has its memorable moments like Lesley Gore’s ‘60s sitcom Christmas party, Janis Joplin’s starry solo, performed by Natalie Hall, and even the spirit of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” performed by Layla Murray. Another great thing about Beehive is that it addresses how turbulent the 1960s really were. It wasn’t just the changing decade because of the music, but it was also the changing decade for American history with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement. Beehive manages to draw parallels between today’s world and the world of the ‘60s through songs like “Abraham, Martin, and John” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” showing that while we have come far in changing society, we still have a long way to go. That lookback on the political climate of the 1960s really establishes what Beehive is really about.

It is common knowledge that music is impactful in so many ways, but Beehive, in particular, shows the audience how powerful youthful voices really are. In the world of rock and roll, music became a way to protest against the old ways and usher in the new. That musical change can also be seen in today’s world. Nowadays, we have young artists like Conan Gray, Billie Eilish, and even Olivia Rodrigo as the new faces of Gen Z, and we also have artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo, who advocate for social change. Beehive: The ‘60s Musical is an amazing play that shows audiences that anyone can make their own kind of music, sing their special song, and make change.